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addressed to president obama field tested positive for ricin poison. the day after a letter was also sent to senator roger wicker also tested positive for the same substance. >>> we begin with new information about the deadly bombing at the boston marathon. as the president and first lady prepare to travel to boston on thursday. after much speculation this afternoon, the fbi has releasted a statement. they say, quote, contrary to widespread reporting, there have been no arrests made in connection with the boston marathon attack. we do know investigators have identified solid leads from video evidence, including images of a person or persons carrying and dropping bags at the bombing scene. now, these pictures from whdh show a bag near a trash can at the blast site. just one part of the key evidence that investigators are pursuing to try to find the perpetrators. right now, there are conflicting reports as to how close they are to identifying any individuals. we expect more at an fbi briefing within the next hour. right now i want to go straight to nbc news justice correspondent, pete willi
. >> pelley: chip, thank you very much. a short time ago, mr. obama brought some of the newtown families and gabrielle giffords into the rose garden at the white house. major garrett was there. major? >> reporter: scott, somber and frustrated, president obama said the gun control debate will not end because the senate could not muster 60 votes for expanded background checks. he stood, as you said, with some of the sandy hook families. mark barden, who lost his son daniel in that mass shooting, spoke first and said washington has not heard the last of this issue. >> we'll return home now disappointed but not defeated. we return home with a determination that change will happen. maybe not today, but it will happen. it will happen soon. we've always known this would be a long road, and we don't have the luxury of turning back. we will keep moving forward and build public support for common- sense solutions in the areas of mental health, school safety and gun safety. >> reporter: with his wife and two surviving children beside him, barden spoke of his son daniel and recited what is known in
a bill passed. president obama was joined afterwards by gabby giffords and families of newtown victims and delivered one passionate reaction to today's vote which roughly 40% of the american people believe in something, the senate failed to respond. >> all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but this effort is not over. >> 90% of the american people support extended background checks and they couldn't get it passed in the representative u.s. senate. >>> let's again with the latest on the investigation up in boston into those bombings. nbc analyst michael leiter was director of the national counterterrorism center and clint van zandt is a profiler. all of this is a key related, battery pack, circuit board, news about the pressure cooker. a piece of it discovered. so much physical evidence and then the picture taken by the video surveillance camera at lord & ta are lo, we've confirmed, it's a picture of someone putting down a black bag, some sort of shopping bag, and then walking away from the bomb site. >> well, it's been a very good day, chris, and it's interesting a
including a frustrated president obama and show that to you. as a public service, in our opinion, we feel the need to read all of the names of all the senators who voted no on the issue. an issue supported by 90% of americans. we have a three-hour show and take the time to show you all of those names and perhaps a symbolic disconnect between washington, d.c. and the rest of the country. >>> the investigation into the boston bombings. lots of confusion with some media outlets incorrectly reporting an arrest had been made. pete williams is the best inf te business on this stuff with us ahead on the investigation. with us on the set is mark halpern and former governor howard dean and mike barnicle still in boston and in washington, the huffington post, sam stein. first the latest in west texas. i have reports coming in, joe, say the place looks like a lair literally war zone. charles hadlock has the latest. >> as you reported, the briefing ended here. >> reporter: we will have another one at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. here is what we know so far. at least 160 people have been injured in the ex
the bombings. president obama marked the moment of silence from the white house. the u.s. senate held a similar tribute on capitol hill. it is still unclear what impact the boston bombings will have on the immigration debate in congress. but the topic of national security is clearly playing a more prominent role in the discussion. things got tense on capitol hill yesterday when senator chuck schumer sparred republican senator chuck grassley about the future of the legislation. take a look. >> a few ways to improve the bill all for an amendment when we start mark-up in may and let's vote on it. i say that particularly those who were pointing to what happened. the terrible tragedy in boston as a -- i would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months oer years. >> i never said that. >> i didn't say you did, sir. >> i didn't say -- >> i didn't say you did. i don't mean you, mr. grassley. >> mr. chairman, i don't appreciate the senator demeaning the witnesses that have come here. >> earlier, senator patrick leahy who chairs the judiciary committee opened the hearing with some tough
leventhal is live about a mile away at the cathedral from the holly cross where president obama spoke earlier at a memorial service for the victims. rick? >> and megyn, we haven't heard an update on the investigation from the fbi since tuesday. but today we heard from homeland security secretary janet napolitano who cautioned that this isn't a tv crime show where incidents are solved in an hour but she confirmed that investigators are very carefully looking at photos and video clips from personal phones, tv footage and surveillance cameras and that footage according to other sources clearly shows suspect placing one of the scene gf explodes. the secretary though tampered expectations. >> there is some video that has raised the question of those that the fbi would like to speak with. i wouldn't characterize them as suspects under the technical term. but we need the public's help in locating these individuals. >> and today here at the cathedral of the holy cross. the president and first lady and numerous dignitaries gathered for a service it to help this city heal. paying tribute to vic
in washington, d.c. as president obama said it is a pretty shameful day around here. nothing to be proud of. we'll tell you all about it and take your calls at 1-866-55-pre. we'll look forward to hearing from you on twitter at bpshow and come on, come on! be our friend on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. what a shameful day, the most shameful day we can remember, i can ever remember out of washington. when 46 senators decided that they would rather stand with the gun manufacturers and rather stand with the gun lobby and nra than 20 little angels gunned down at sandy look elementary school or their grieving parents who came down here and begged the senators to take action. they don't give a damn about the american people. don't give a damn about those beautiful little babies or their families or their brave teachers who stood by them. no doubt who's responsible. 90% of democrats voted yes. 90 pest of republicans voted no. meanwhile up in boston, thanks to video from lord & taylor police have hot leads in that investigation. but don't believe what you hear on cnn. no arrest has been made i
the nra. >> that's my only f-minus ever. >> you earned it. here was president obama's angry reaction wednesday after the bill, the gun bill was voted down in the senate. >> the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. they claimed it would create some sort of big brother gun registry even though the bill did the opposite. so all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. >> after this week and the vote in the senate, gun control wasn't going anywhere, but does this sense -- this was a big event for america -- the sense of increased anxiety about your personal safety, does that make gun control an even steeper climb? >> i don't know how much steeper it could be. let's understand, this bill was just about background checks, closing the gun show loophole, something the nra used to support. it was really not about reducing the number of guns that people already own or the kinds that they can own or anything like that. so i think what happened was, sadly, this took attention away, diluted the momentum for this bill. attention was paid elsewhere, and then it lost
court and the statement taken from him cannot be used against him in that trial. >> while the obama administration has agreed to delay a reading of his miranda rights under a public safety exemption, secretary of defense chuck hagel has not seen evidence to link the bombings to terror groups. scrutiny turns to the fbi who reportedly questioned the older brother tamerlan in 2011 at the request of a foreign government. this is so interesting. of russia. the fbi told the a.p. despite interviewing him and relatives they did not find any activity. the agency dropped the ball. richard, i wonder if there is going to be a lot of questions and maybe even hearings out of this or what comes to mind just knowing those basic facts? >> there probably will be hearings of the fbi whether it learned more or could have done more. critics say that is monday morning quarterbacking. it ought to be about what we were talking about, what can we do to prevent or identify young people who are radicalized and how did we respond and how what did we learn about lockdowns. as the military would say it ought not
obama and adding to the song "yes, we can: voices of a grassroots movement," she has well sung the national anthem at the national championship football game and as well she has given a lot of contributions to american music. she is a supporter of music education for our children, the mother of a daughter and, yes, a prominent american. but i think if we could say the most about yolanda adams is that she never stops evangelizing and seeking to help those who are hopeless and in despair. she brings joy to those who seek it and believes that everyone is a child of god. i'm grateful to know yolanda adams and to claim her as a constituent of the great city of houston and the great state of texas. but most of all, she's an american who is a believer and understands the value of america's freedom to be able to worship. she continues to soldier on to save souls and we're delighted to have been able to have her bless us this morning. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain five further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. the
night, president obama promised support for the city of boston and answers. >> we will get to the bottom of this and find out who did this we'll find out why they did this. >> reporter: this morning, boston police commissioner ed davis said at the news conference that this was the most complicated crime scene the boston police department has ever started to process. and, norah, the mayor tom menino said yesterday was a bad day for boston, but the city will overcome. >> not necessarily about those who did something did to those running, but the strength of those helping. >> we saw that immediately, those taking down the barricades to get to those who needed to go to the hospital. >> good morning. jonathan elias, who, why, how? where is the investigation now weapon with respect to who might have done this? >> a home was searched overnight. that home belongs to someone in the hospital suffering from burns. very near the bomb when it went off. stopped by three boston detectives and questioned. found him suspicious and had police stay with him. sources tell m
that president obama or vice president biden or senior members of the cabinet make the decision to travel to britain and to honor the incredible legacy of baroness margaret thatcher. it was truly a providential blessing that margaret thatcher served alongside president ronald reagan and pope john paul ii. together the three of them did something that previously had been unimaginable. so many had opined the cold war was unwinnable, that we had to accept detente. we had to accept a condition in which the united states would constantly be in military conflict with the soviet union and our children would constantly be in fear of potential catastrophic nuclear war. and yet, when reagan and thatcher and pope john paul all ascended to leadership, together they had the vision to do something that very few imagined was possible. to win the cold war without firing a shot. had that been suggested in the 1970's, that would have been diminished as crazy talk, and yet that's precisely what they did. i would suggest in modern times there are few, if any, more deserving of the nobel peace prize than thos
a joke. >> oh, yeah! >>> the star of one of president obama's favorite tv shows is attending the white house correspondents' dinner this weekend, claire danes plays a c.i.a. agent on homeland. she's the guest of cbs news and will be sitting at a table full of members of the military. the network's other guests include afghanistan forces commander general john allen also army vice chief of staff general john campbell and retired admiral mike mullen, the former joint chiefs of staff. among others. >> bill: i will be there. that's not the table i'm sitting at. i wouldn't mind sitting at that table. >>> as you're drinking your coffee or tea this morning there is a good chance you went out of your way to get it instead of going for what was convenient. a new harris poll on morning beverage habits finds 60% of people will go out of their way to drink coffee or tea they think tastes better and they'll also spend more money for it. 78% say taste is the most important factor in choosing what they drink. >> bill: what do they mean going out of their way to get it? >> instead of stopping by the 7
, president obama promised support for the city of boston and answers. >> we will get to the bottom of this and we'll find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. >> president obama was careful not to call it a terrorist attack but we're told the white house is treating this as an act of terror this morning. >> jeff, thank you. charlie? >> senior correspondent john miller, former fbi assistant director is here. he's been talking with his sources inside the investigation. john, good morning. what's the latest? >> the latest focus is on that apartment in revere on the suspect who was in the hospital that they've been interviewing. i shouldn't say suspect. they're not calling him a suspect. the person they are interested in that they've been interviewing since the bombing and what they've taken out of there. >> there is also a question of a saudi who was in the hospital. is that the same person or a separate person? >> so all of that is the same. the saudi national is someone who is here on a student visa. he was at the scene along with many other people when the blast happ
. from the white house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. with regard to that search warrant in revere, massachusetts, we're told there are no suspects. they talked to a few individuals. they'll be talking to a lot of people, the fbi noting that we may talking to you, your neighbor and your friends. to get to the bottom of this. people running public transit here, are being met some times by random searches. >> we'll be speaking to some eyewitnesss to this tragedy in a up coof minutes. >>> savannah, more coverage to you. we'll get to nbc justice correspondent pete williams. as i turn to you, this news conference is going on, we know that officials did conduct two bomb swe
uncertain. here's president obama who will travel to boston on thursday, updating the nation, earlier today. >> obama: this was a heinous and cowardly act. and given what we now know about what took place the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. what we don't yet know, however is who carried out this attack or why whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic or was the act of a malevolent individual. >> john: what we do know is that around 2:50 p.m. yesterday two bombs exploded within 15 second and 500 feet of each other near the end of the boston marathon killing three people and injuring an additional 176. the bombs were reportedly built inside six liter pressure cook ers. they were packed with ball bearings nails and black powder to maximize harm to those nearby. now, earlier accounts of at least two additional device being discovered in boston were not accurate. pictures just released by whdh in boston, sent to the fbi purport to show a suspicious package in an area directly impacted by the explosion. while photos released by waga in at
to president obama, vice president biden for their leadership and standing strong and continuing to fight for a safer america. i would like to say they're see forhank you to the senators legislation that would keep guns out of hand and save lives. they stood by us right from the beginning. they were with us. we will not be defeated. we are not defeated. we will not be defeated. we are here now. we will always be here. we have no other choice. we are not going away. every day more people are killed in this country because of gun violence. our determination grows stronger. we leave washington hoping that others, both here and across the country, will join us in making the sandy hook promise. i pledge that we have great hope that more senators will take literally. i would like to end i repeating the sandy hook thomas begins, our hearts are broken. our spirits is not. thank you. it is now my great pleasure to introduce the president of the united states of america, barack obama. >> good job. , in few months ago response to too many tragedies, including the shootings of a u.s. congressman, gab
to defeat, majority leader harry reid said it was time to take a pause on the issue. >> president obama said it was a shameful day for the senate. and it probably was. i agree. we should make no mistake. this debate is not over. in fact, this fight is just beginning. >> john: one of the first broadsides came from one of the most prominent gun violence victims in recent years. former representative gabby giffords published a blistering editorial in "the new york times" where she called out the senate gun bills' opponents as cowards and i quote... and where the courage issue was concerned, one of the background checks bills' sponsors, west virginia senator, joe manchin, clearly seemed to agree. >> things don't go right in any election i get to go home. i get to go home to my family, my children, my grandchildren. i can't figure out when the facts are right in front of you to do what you need to do. >> john: families of the sandy hook shooting victims lobbied congress with the support of the white house. including the school-age siblings of 7-year-old daniel barden who died at sandy hook. >> i
control. you had f-minus rating from the nra. >> my only f-minus ever. >> chris: here was president obama's angry reaction wednesday after the gun bill voted down in the senate. >> the fun lobbies and allies lied about the bill and claimed it would create a big brother gun registry, though the bill did the opposite. this was a shameful day for washington. >> after this week, gun control wasn't going anywhere. does this sense, if this was a big event for america, the sense of increased anxiety about the personal safety. does it make gun control steeper climb? >> i don't know how much steeper it could be. this is about closing the gun show loophole, something that nra used to support. this is not about reducing guns that people own already or the kinds they own or anything like that. what happened, this took momentum away and diluteed the momentum for the bill. attention paid elsewhere. it lost. i hope rand paul's effort to put on negative adds against susan collins, republican who had the courage to vote the close the gun show loophole will be decried by the people of maine. i makes no sen
-minus ever. >> chris: here was president obama's angry reaction wednesday after the gun bill voted down in the senate. >> the fun lobbies and allies lied about the bill and claimed it would create a big brother gun registry, though the bill did the opposite. this was a shameful day for washington. >> after this week, gun control wasn't going anywhere. does this sense, if this was a big event for america, the sense of increased anxiety about the personal safety. does it make gun control steeper climb? >> i don't know how much steeper it could be. this is about closing the gun show loophole, something that nra used to support. this is not about reducing guns that people own already or the kinds they own or anything like that. what happened, this took momentum away and diluteed the momentum for the bill. attention paid elsewhere. it lost. i hope rand paul's effort to put on negative adds against susan collins, republican who had the courage to vote the close the gun show loophole will be decried by the people of maine. i makes no sense for the republican party to circumstance the wagons an
obama pledged to hunt down those reonsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture as to who may be behind this. >> i think that's certainly true although there is high hope that they will
with the global terrorist threat. on taking office, president obama declined to undertake an official study of what happened. senator leahy introduced legislation to establish a truth commission, and congress failed to act on it. so in many respects, this task force, this report is the comprehensive examination of the treatment of suspected terrorists that official washington has been reluctant to conduct. task force members believe that having an understanding of what occurred during this period of serious threat and willingness to acknowledge any shortcomings strengthen the nation and equip us to better cope with any future crises. it knowing what happened, our reputation, as an exemplary practitioner of the rule of law, will clearly be damaged. the task force is made up of as jenny said, a broad cross-section of folks have been in government, who understand government, who understand military, who understand the role of intelligence. the bios are in your folder but i would like to take just a minute to introduce them at this time. dr. gerald thomson, the former, our professor emeritus at
. the report put out by the constitution project is critical of both bush and obama administration's. it includes former members of congress. this is 50 minutes. >> thank you for your leadership on the task force and i want to express my thanks to the constitution project, but also to all of my fellow task force members what they brought to the table in terms of experience, wisdom, public service really made a difference in the development of this project and important report. as jim mentioned, there's more than 24 findings and recommendations. we can't cover all of those this morning that we want to hit some of the highlights. we hope he will take the entire report, study it through and look at each of those recommendations. why is this report important? it's important because we as a nation have to get this right. i looked back in history to the time during world war ii that we in turn to some japanese-americans. at the time it seemed like the right and proper thing to do but in light of history, it was an error. as of today this report will hopefully put into focus some of the a
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: president obama has spoken to federal andand massachusetts officials in thehe aftermath of the blasts and he e is proposing that who whoever is responsible will be held accountable.acco in boston, jennifer davis, tonyn and sarah, back to you. >>> since security has heightened in a number of locations in a number of citiesi across the u.s. as a precautionc that includes the nation's natis capital. >> the city's emancipation day y parade will go on as scheduled.. melanie alnwick is live at freedom plaza with more on the e extra police presence, good pres morning melanie. >> reporter: good morning, tony and sarah, yes. freedom plaza right behind me is where the parade is going togoio wrap up, and there will be al ba street festival following the te parade. and yes, there's additional addi security here. a little wider perimeter, peri perhaps than they would have hae ordinarily had.had. notice that both security ask on display across the area from areas of the national airportnal all the way to the white house. the u.s. secret service has expanded its perimeter aroundmer the grounds of the whit
commissions. so i can understand where president bush and president obama have given to the department of justice the authority to move forward with the type of process that we have going on today. >> do you have questions about the fbi's tracking of the older suspect here who is now dead and whether something was missed? >> of course i do. and i think we should is ask those questions. that's our responsibility. i listened to mike rogers and i thought it he laid it out as a former fbi agent himself what we were faced with when we were asked these hard questions. we have to make sure as well, david, we give to the intelligence and law enforcement agencies, federal, state, and local, the resources they need to keep america safe. we live in a dangerous world. we live, also, in a free and open society we value very much. forward to keep americans safe at the marathon, at every other public event, we need to invest the resources that are necessary for law enforcement. >> is that a call, in fact, for re-examination of whether additional resources are needed to look at home grown terror and t
of global warming the unusual photograph of president obama and governor right before the election. in the united states there's a large contingent of climate change doubters. what do you say to that part of the tows persuade them that climate change is real? >> would be take a look at me. i'm the picture of obama and governor chris christie. [laughter] because according to the ground rules of u.s. presidential campaigns, such an embrace three days before election day was an absolute taboo. and talk to the people new jersey or new york that had their homes destroyed and their communities destroyed due to the extreme weather events. look up on the map side, the report of china in january or february. one example, just to give you a visual image is the melting of the arctic sea ice in my part of the world. the consequence -- [inaudible] so whether we call it climate change or not, that's a political concept, which i know has positive or negative connotations, but the ice melting is a reality. and the consequences of the ice melting in my part of the world is extreme weather in united
if they provide mental health records. the amendment codifies one of president obama's executive orders that requires the attorney general to issue guidance to federal agencies about which records they must submit to nics. it improves nics as well by clarifying the definition of -- quote, unquote -- "adjudicated mental incompetent" so that it includes only actual adjudications, not a single psychiatrist's diagnose -- diagnosis. the manchin-toomey amendment does not do that. mental health records would also be improved by requiring the federal courts to make available to nics information concerning such situations as defendants who plead guilty to a crime for the reason of insanity. this approach is consistent with what "the washington post" columnist cortland molloy writes this very day. he says -- quote -- "the national gun control legislation set for debate in congress would rely on a bureaucratic dragnet of background checks so extensive that anybody's hands could end up being the wrong ones, including mine." he thinks that gun control supporters are -- quote -- "bent on harassing hi
. >> president obama addressed the nation shortly after 3:00 this afternoon our time. as we just noted the fbi is running this investigation and the president says the full federal government will be used to find the person responsible for this attack. we have more from chief investigative reporter tony kovaleski. i know you spend the day talking to your federal law enforcement sources across the country. >> we are hearing there was no active specific target in california that is receiving special attention but everyone stresses that all agencies remain on high alert status. one of the early keys is the fact that they did recover at least one device that did not detonate. that is key because they are skilled at reverse engineering these devices. we are told the sophistication will help determine the potential suspect or suspects. you can bet they are combing through every piece of video and video cameras in that area. federal agents are currently running down leads internationally and domestically and two sources said today is also tax day. we also confirmed there is no individual or individua
house and pentagon. president obama said those responsible will feel the full weight of justice. >> we will find out who did this and why p they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: this evening in boston authorities offered few new details. >> the fbi is taking the lead in this invest sgags. it's criminal that is a potential terrorist investigation. comfortable racing weather for the runners ready to compete for personal glory or just the honor of it all. it's usually a joyous day off. today someone stole all of that killing and maiming innocence who can never forget the day they ran when the finish line was strong with crime scene tape. >> mat has made his way up to boston. good evening. >> reporter: those patients are in extremely good hands. this is a well regarded hospital. it's the oldest one level one trauma. i'm joined by three eyewitnesss to this tragedy. i'm happy to say they were not among the injured. thank you for joining us. i know you were making your way around the finish line. how close did you
are being transported to six area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country vowing to find those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> no matter how many times you see it it is still just as terrifying. i do want to show one photograph, as well, speaking to what was not the hundreds and hundreds of bags waiting for runners who were never able to claim them again, a snapshot of innocence and perfection on that patriots' day suspended if not lost. george. >> josh, the runners across the finish line right before the moment of impact, bill iffrig is right here, 78-year-old bill i have africa, rebecca roche and we have seen that image. i want to put it up on the screen as you were just approaching the finish line, the blast hit and you went down right there. tell us what you remember. >> yeah, i didn't know what had happened. all of a sudden this enormous blast right next to me and it just kind of buckled my legs and i knew i was going down so
. that's already the case in about half the states. the state of missouri and the obama administration wanted a blanket rule allowing the blood tests without a warrant. thousands of people in southwestern pakistan were homeless today-- 24 hours after a powerful earthquake rocked neighboring iran. at least 700 homes in the mashkel area of baluchistan province were reduced to rubble. some 35 pakistanis were killed in the quake, and another 150 were injured. the pakistani army said it deployed several hundred soldiers to the quake zone to bring much-needed humanitarian relief. in the middle east, islamist militants fired at least two rockets from egypt's sinai peninsula into southern israel, adding to growing security concerns there. they targeted the resort town of eilat. but police officials said there were no casualties. meanwhile, palestinians in the west bank and gaza marked prisoner day, urging israel to release palestinian detainees. they waved flags and carried pictures of some of the 4,500 palestinians in custody. new zealand became the 13th country in the world today -- and the
with have said all along obama would rather have short-term defeats and give him an issue to beat the republicans. >>gregg: are you saying he was sort of happy? >> i think so. >> if he doing his job on any of the issues, it is the same story, the fiscal cliff, everything. they could have gotten a deal. he didn't work to it. he went out and starting railing against everyone. we have a political crisis in this country, you saw it with the data that shows government doesn't work. we did not get a deal on guns, miles per gallon is a problem, terrorism is an issue. >>gregg: bill clinton would have been on the phone in the middle of the might and gotten this passed. >> he was a can do president and gingrich a can-do speaker. >> that is a democratic president getting things done with a republican congress. this guy has a democratic senate and he can't get the bill through. >> he doesn't apply himself. he looks for political issues. i didn't say he was lazy he does public posturing and thinks he is doing something. >> no one puts the greater good first. >>gregg: he is addicted to the tele
to something that affects most americans americans today and and a subject that the obama administration has really been focused on for these past four years. we are going to remain focused in this area for the next four years. that is achieving real evidence-based drug policy reform to both reduce drug use but also the consequences. more and more the debate about drug policy in america is becoming extremely polarized. one side advocates in believing that legalization is the only path to drug policy reform. legalization is described as solving mexico's organized crime and violence problems and creating a windfall for state and local coffers here in the united states and along with many other benefits that are all talked about legalization. and you have the other hand. the other hand we have the enforcement centric war on drugs that was mentioned in my introduction and that approach and that is one that treats addiction primarily as a criminal justice problem despite this ever-growing body of scientific knowledge and evidence that this approach is counterproductive and is not effective. sloga
that their subordinates comply with the laws of war. president obama has committed to observe the geneva conventions through an executive order, but a future president could change it by the stroke of a pen. congress, one of our recommendations, needs to work with the administration to strengthen the torture statute, the war crimes exact the uniform code of military justice to remove loopholes that allow torture to occur. in terms of cia, we did not have access to classified information. this is the reason we're asking the administration to review much of the classified information to see what can be released without compromising national security and to provide more transparency and light on how the policy decisions were made. dr. david gushy would be happy to answer questions when we conclude about the responsibility and how the absence of clear standards left troops on the front line in an untenable position. on the question of effectiveness of torture, there is no persuasive evidence in the public record that the widespread use of torture against suspected terrorists was necessary; that is, that
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